The Dungeon of Necros
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Post Posted: Tue Dec 29, 2015 12:09 pm 
 

Tome of Treasures :: View topic - The Dungeon of Necros (1980)

Just came across this little gem in a box downstairs. Any idea of value, print run, etc? Clearly small press, mine is in VF+ condition with an old price sticker on the front page.

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Post Posted: Tue Dec 29, 2015 6:22 pm 
 

Its pretty rare - have only seen 1 other copy.  print run was small.  Let me dig out the history I have on it.

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Post Posted: Tue Dec 29, 2015 6:26 pm 
 

Date: Wed, 12 Nov 2008 11:58:45 -0800

Dear Mark:

Ye Gods, where in the world did you ever find a copy of my Dungeon of Necros?!?

I wrote that dungeon back in the days before computer games or even computers.  I was living in Tacoma at the time, and I was teaching a recreational class at the local community college at night.  The class was called 'Play Dungeons & Dragons.'  Moms and dads would bring their kids to it, and we would have a lot of fun.  I used the D of N as a teaching vehicle.  After each class was over, I would give each participant a copy of the dungeon.  In 1981 I moved to Bellingham, WA, and carried on for a couple of years at the Western Washington University night classes.  It was strictly a hobby that made a few dollars on the side.

I wrote the D of N because I couldn't find a ready-made dungeon that fit all these criteria:
> Can be played through in a limited amount of time.
> Interesting and humorous for adults and children at the same time
> Had a definite win-or-lose scenerio (as dungeon master I used to manipulate the game so that the littles would win against all odds!)

I printed many copies of it, and I still have copies.  If you don't have all the pages, let me know and I'll send you a complete copy.  I was very proud of the cartoons I drew for the game.

The character of Necros is a parody of Mark Spitz, a medal-winning Olympic swimmer of the late 70s.  That dates it!

I really miss D&D.  The current computer games (which I love) have taken its place.  When I play World of Warcraft I always bore people by saying 'this is what we were aiming for with D&D.'  I believed in the power of the game as an educational tool for youngsters.  I also believed that a good dungeon master had to be a good standup comedian who could leave the players laughing.  In 1980, I attempted to get prison and hospital administrators interested in it as a recreational/educational  tool.  It was then I learned that most people, no matter how intelligent they are, are simply incapable of understanding or playing the game.  I don't know why this is.

You might be interested in my 1987 novel, Charon's Ark, or in looking at my (unfinished) web site http://www.rickgauger.com/index.html


Just checked amazon and it looks like he managed to get the other 2 volumes of Charon's Ark out a little while ago.

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Post Posted: Tue Dec 29, 2015 7:18 pm 
 

So Mark, do you have extra copies? :D


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Post Posted: Tue Dec 29, 2015 9:13 pm 
 

lokiwookie wrote in The Dungeon of Necros:So Mark, do you have extra copies? :D


I do not.  We sent a couple emails back and forth, I tried to get a copy or two from him but then he never got back to me - often happens that way.  His website still seems active so you could try him directly.

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Post Posted: Tue Dec 29, 2015 10:24 pm 
 

I guess he received at least a dozen of emails since you linked his website :)

I will try.


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Post Posted: Mon Feb 08, 2016 12:34 pm 
 

Wow. I have a copy of this somewhere, looking for it now. It was given to me back in about 81 by Richard Moe.

  
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